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Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich believes the upcoming vice-presidential debate will be “truly historic” and nothing like the wild first presidential debate.
The politician and best-selling author contrasted the figures involved in the 2020 debates in an opinion piece published by Fox News on Tuesday and predicted the upcoming event with Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris will be focused on “issues far more than personalities.”
“The upcoming vice-presidential debate will be dramatically different than the first presidential debate,” Gingrich wrote, describing the first encounter between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee as “a fast-moving clash of personalities – with a lot of clutter and confusion.”
During last week’s first presidential debate, Biden told Trump to “shut up,” called him a “clown” and a liar. The two sparred and talked over each other in a widely criticized debate that earned Fox News anchor Chris Wallace plenty of deserved backlash as well for his attempts at moderating.
But Gingrich noted that the differences between Pence’s “Indiana conservatism” and the “San Francisco radicalism” of the Democratic vice presidential nominee are great enough to make Wednesday’s planned event in Salt Lake City, Utah a radical departure from the Trump and Biden face-off.
“The stage is set for a truly historic encounter,” Gingrich noted in his op-ed.
Pence “believes in the historic America of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and American history,” Gingrich wrote, contrasting the vice president with Harris who “is allied with the radicals who want to dramatically change America and who repudiate the Founding Fathers and the basic events which created America.”
He pointed out how the California Democrat’s radicalism was “obvious” in her interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on June 17, before Biden picked her to be his running mate, as she discussed protests and riots unfolding in U.S. cities.
“They’re not going to stop,” Harris said at the time. “This is a movement, I’m telling you. They’re not going to stop and everyone beware, because they’re not going to stop. They’re not going to stop before Election Day in November and they’re not going to stop after Election Day. Everyone should take note of that on both levels. They’re not going to let up and they should not and we should not.”
Harris contended that social and political reform would occur because of the protests which needed to continue because they were “critically important.”
Gingrich also noted that Harris said, “I applaud Eric Garcetti for doing what he’s done,” after the Democratic Los Angeles mayor cut $150 million from the city police budget.
Pence, on the other hand, “strongly favors supporting police and locking up criminals,” Gingrich pointed out, noting how the vice president has worked with Trump and Attorney General William Barr on federal efforts such as Operation Legend to arrest and prosecute violent criminals.
“Meanwhile, Harris supports efforts to get criminals out of jail,” Gingrich wrote, citing Harris’ tweet to donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund back in June to “help those protesting on the ground in Minnesota.” The nonprofit bail fund in Minneapolis was founded in 2016 and has bailed out those charged with murder, violent felonies, and sex crimes, and has reportedly received $35 million in donations following the death of George Floyd in May.
Gingrich continued to contrast Harris and Pence in his op-ed, highlighting how the vice president “favors prosecutors who enforce the law” while the senator “supports George Soros-funded district attorneys who are pro-criminal and anti-police.”
Pence and Harris also disagree on abortion issues as the vice president is strongly pro-life. And while Pence is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, Harris “has a robust plan for dramatically limiting the right to own guns,” Gingrich noted.
The policy differences between the two were laid out by Gingrich who went down the list to include judicial nominees, school choice, enforcing our immigration laws and protecting the religious liberties of Americans while Harris, who has shown her “hostility to Catholics,” would “sue nuns for not supporting a pro-abortion agenda.”
“The gap between the conservative vice president and the radical senator from San Francisco is so great,” Gingrich concluded, “this could be a tremendously powerful clash of ideas and policies.”
In the wake of Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis, and as Pence continues to test negative for the virus, new rules were laid out for Wednesday’s debate. The Commission on Presidential Debates agreed that the candidates will be spaced 12 feet apart during the event rather than the original 7-foot distance after the Biden campaign’s “health and safety” objections. A plexiglass barrier will also be in place, according to Politico.
Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.